Gossip: Arsenal Arrange Meeting In Madrid For £30m Striker And Enter Talks With Colombian

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As the season draws to a close, the gossip begins. We will be bringing you an Arsenal filtered gossip column throughout the summer. Today reports suggest Arsenal in talks to sign Karim Benzema and David Ospina. See all the Arsenal transfer news in our Gossip Column

Arsenal have reportedly arranged a meeting with Real Madrid to discuss a summer deal for their star striker Karim Benzema (Metro). If Benzema is available and for a good price, I would be happy. However he is not my first choice. I think the best is yet to come from Benzema and so Arsene Wenger could perhaps bring out something in him that Madrid haven’t managed to do. No doubt he has still performed well in Madrid, especially in big games – and he would come to Arsenal at the peak of his career.

Arsene Wenger has signed a new three-year contract at Arsenal and is ready to lead a £100m spending spree (Mail). We’ve heard this before haven’t we? I just hope it happens this time, but more than anything I hope the right players are acquired. If we are willing to spend £100million then we should go for Cavani. He is one of the best strikers in the world and unhappy – I’m sure he’d be brilliant for us. The report says Loic Remy, Karim Benzema and Lars Bender are on the Frenchman’s shopping list. I wouldn’t complain with that.

Arsenal are in talks with Nice for the signing of goalkeeper David Ospina (RMC). Ospina is 25, has plenty of experience at both club and international level and would be a shrewd signing. Some reports say he is out of contract, but others say he has a year left – we have no idea. Either way it’s unlikely Ospina would be a keeper that is going to break the bank – any deal will surely cost less than £10million, which is my personal limit for a back up goalkeeper. From what we’ve read, Ospina seems a very talented keeper. Would you like to see Ospina arrive? Let us know by commenting below.

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Arsenal were described as ‘very close’ to signing Carlos Vela by reports from Spain (Fresh Arsenal). His versatility is attractive, as a player who can play on the last man and be played through, or as a more creative winger, whether it be on the left, or an inverted one, and he would offer an upgrade on Sanogo as backup for Giroud, who looked in need of a rest towards the end of March. His finishing has improved much since his Arsenal days, when a delicate chip was his trademark, but he frustrated fans with his profligacy; all change this season, scoring 14 league goals from 61 shots, a fine record. His fitness record is near impeccable this season, playing 34 of Sociedad’s 35 league games this season. 

Arsenal are preparing a £3million offer for Ashley Williams (Metro). Arsenal were interested in Williams last year when Swansea wanted £10million for the defender, some reports said we’d even offered £8million. If he’s available for £3million he’d be a decent option to add to our ranks, but I’d prefer someone younger and more versatile – can see Wenger agreeing with me and therefore can’t see this one happening.

Should Arsenal spend £100m this summer? Is Ospina the right replacement for Fabianski? Comment below with your thoughts.

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